Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein Quotes

** Note: this is only a partial list. These are quotations I’ve plucked from the large quotations document that I keep adding to…. & a couple of others that have fallen into my lap.

“The theory determines the observation.” – Einstein

"Never do anything against conscience, even when the state demands it."

"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. I am strongly drawn to a frugal life and am often oppressively aware that I am engrossing an undue amount of the labor of my fellow-men. I regard class distinctions as unjustified and, in the last resort, based on force. I also believe that a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, physically and mentally." - Albert Einstein, quoted in this issue of Brainpickings

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein (Wow! this one just in, on March 23/14. Love it love it love it!!!!!)

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.” – Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), German-born American physicist

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” – Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), German-born American physicist

“We should be on our guard not to overestimate science and scientific methods when it is a question of human problems; and we should not assume that experts are the only ones who have a right to express themselves on questions affecting the organization of society.” – Albert Einstein

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein

“Look deep into nature, & then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“The right to search for truth implies also a duty.” – Albert Einstein

“Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein

“Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives.” – Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  We need a new way of thinking if mankind is to survive and move to higher levels.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The world we have created today as a result of our thinking thus far has problems which cannot be solved by thinking the way we thought when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~ Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) German-born American physicist

“Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus or Gandhi armed with the moneybags of Carnegie?” – Albert Einstein

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Sign over Albert Einstein’s desk at Princeton

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Einstein

“I believe that a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, physically and mentally.” – Albert Einstein

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein, quoted in “The Great Turning – From Empire to Earth Community,” by David Korten

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

“Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing the power to make great decisions for good and evil. The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” – Einstein (1946)

“Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water!” ~ Albert Einstein

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein

** More Einstein quotes here

[A lot of people attribute the quotation “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” to Einstein – but it has also been attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Latest I heard is the actual source is Rita Mae Brown.]